The Whitworth Award

This year's deadline:
31 May 2016

The 2016 CEA Whitworth Award for Education Research

Since 1967, CEA’s Whitworth Award has been presented to an illustrious group of researchers who have had a profound impact on education policy and practice in Canadian education – Keiren Egan, Lorna Earle, Michael Fullan, Carl Bareiter, Douglas Willms, and Andy Hargreaves to name a few.

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Photo caption: 2013 Whitworth Award Winner – UPEI Faculty of Education Researcher Dr. Kate Tilleczek delivers Whitworth lecture at a national CEA event in Calgary.

The Recognition

  • Formal recognition of your research at a public, education-related event.
  • An invitation for you to submit a feature article about your research to be published in Education Canada Magazine.
  • Promotion of your work through various CEA-vehicles: website, Education Canada Bulletin e-newsletter, events, as appropriate.
  • Opportunities for you to develop additional knowledge mobilization strategies with CEA to maximize the impact of your work in the policy and practice fields (e.g. panel discussion, workshop with select school districts, podcast presentation, etc.).

Deadline for Submissions

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 5 pm PDT (Pacific daylight time)

Who can apply? / Who may be nominated for the award?

  • Researchers in faculties of education and other related disciplines; school boards, provincial and territorial departments of education; educational and other organizations that focus on educational issues; or research consultants.
  • Applicants can either nominate themselves or be nominated by another person

Qualifications of Nominees

  • Those with demonstrable professional respect and recognition, as evidenced by letters of reference, research grants or awards, citations, and/or publications.
  • Those who have made a sustained and significant contribution to educational concepts, theory, policy and/or practice through their research, as evidenced by: routine writing or speaking about their research to groups of policy makers or practitioners, demonstrable influence on policy decisions, practices in school districts or schools.


General Selection Criteria

1. Quality

  • Innovative and opens up new areas of research or extends research in existing areas;
  • Is well-grounded conceptually and theoretically;
  • Demonstrates evidence of professional respect (research grants, scholarly reports and publications).

2. Contribution

  • A substantial contribution to improving educational policy and/or practice in education, as evidenced by routine writing or speaking about their research to groups of policy makers or practitioners;
  • A substantial contribution to improving concept and theory development in education, as evidenced by publication record and number of citations;
  • A substantial contribution to education research over a period of time.

3. Impact

  • Influenced the initiation of a new policy and/or practice or the improvement of existing ones;
  • Influenced the development of a new concept and/or theory or the improvement of existing ones;  
  • Acted as a research mobilizer through the creation of new processes or organizations that conduct or disseminate educational research.

4. Relevance

A body of work which is relevant and makes a significant contribution to transforming education in one of the following CEA program priorities:

  • Student Engagement: research that furthers ideas, knowledge and practices that deeply engage students in learning with a particular focus on transforming learning environments for adolescent learners.  Research that broadens and deepens current understanding of learning as the basis on which educational policy and practice should be built.
  • Teacher Engagement: research that furthers knowledge of how teaching and learning reinforce each other as reciprocal processes; how teaching can be engaging for both teachers and students; how teachers can be supported to teach the way they aspire to; and how teachers understand their own learning.

Application Preparation & Format

Cover sheet along with the following attachments:

  • A curriculum vitae (maximum of 10 pages)
  • A description of nominee’s/applicant’s body of work, its importance and impact with respect to CEA’s program priorities and general selection criteria (maximum of 1,000 words);
  • An assessment by the nominator or applicant of the specific contribution to educational research in Canada and its impact on the pan-Canadian scene (maximum of 1,000 words) ;
  • If nominated: One (1) additional reference letter (maximum of 250 words);
  • If self-nominated: Two (2) letters of reference (maximum of 250 words);
  • Submissions should be no longer than specific word maximums (excluding CV).  The Nominations Committee will not receive submission material above the specified word count.

Application Format and Submission 

The Application must be received electronically by e-mail to in PDF format only. The total size of all attachments cannot exceed ten (10) megabytes of information. All applications that do not meet these strict specifications will be discarded.

The submission deadline is 5 pm PDT (Pacific daylight time), Tuesday, May 31, 2016.


The recognition

About the Whitworth Award

Since 1967, the Whitworth Award has recognized individuals who have made a sustained and substantial contribution to educational research over a period of time. It has been awarded since 1967 and is awarded every three years.

The current award holder:

  • Dr. Kate Tilleczek

Previous winners:

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